Return to Campus Town Hall coming up May 11
President Feridun Hamdullahpur and Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush will be hosting a Return to Campus Virtual Town Hall Meeting for faculty and staff on Tuesday, May 11 live on Microsoft Teams.
Waterloo's senior leaders will outline the University’s plans to expand in-person experiences for many more of our students in the fall and how the University is preparing to invite more employees back to campus to support Waterloo’s academic mission.
Marilyn Thompson, associate provost, human resources will host and moderate the town hall event.
Attendees will be able to take part in a live Q&A following the president and provost's presentation. You can submit questions to the University's senior leaders as part of the registration process, by sending their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the hashtag #UWTH on social media.
To help provide context for the University's return to campus plans, there is a bonus episode of the Beyond the Bulletin podcast featuring School of Pharmacy Professor Kelly Grindrod, who was featured as an interview guest in early April. This special episode includes that earlier interview as well as a new one to tell you what you need to know about vaccines in Waterloo region right now. For those readers who might not be familiar with the Beyond the Bulletin podcast, it is a weekly jaunt beyond the pages and pixels of the Daily Bulletin to inform you about important news and views from our community. A transcript of the podcast episode will be available.
Register now for the Return to Campus Town Hall
Making vision a reality at the Waterloo Eye Institute
By Angie Docking. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.
Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science has received University approval to move forward on plans to create the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI) — Canada’s premier eye and vision care centre.
The WEI will leverage the expertise of the School’s faculty, its infrastructure and the power of Canada’s only English-speaking Optometry School to address the biggest challenges in vision science — that, along the School’s ambitious $35 million dollar campaign making this vision a reality.
“With this state-of-the-art facility, we will be able to produce research of global impact, meet the growing demand for specialty eye care and deliver world-class optometric education,” said Dr. Stanley Woo, director, Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science.
Approval of the WEI signals the University’s strong commitment to advancing the frontiers of vision science. Working with international architect firm HOK, the two-story, 67,000 sq. ft. cutting edge WEI will be a combination of existing and new facilities, blending clinical patient care spaces with education and innovation.
The right care, at the right time, in the right place
With a keen eye on increasing access to eye care for patients of all ages, the WEI will offer expanded specialty vision services here at home in areas of growing need — including low vision rehabilitation, ocular disease, dry eye, myopia control and vision therapy.
The new, modernized clinic will be the largest eye and vision care centre in the Region of Waterloo and will provide seamless, comprehensive eye and vision care for residents — from wellness, through surgery, to rehabilitation.
In the Region of Waterloo, wait times for cataract surgery are at an all-time high, and up to 65 per cent of eye procedures like retinal surgery are currently performed outside the community. To help solve this problem, the WEI will also feature an ambulatory surgical centre with three operatories.
“The WEI will expand much needed eye and vision care services and help bridge some of the gaps in that exist in our community,” said Dr. Woo. “And best of all — they’ll be able to have convenient and coordinated access to exceptional specialty vision care.”
Complementing these services will be a tele-optometry centre — linking providers with patients in remote and underserved communities across Canada.
A global leader in optometric education and vision science
Boasting new biological sciences and ocular imaging research centres, the WEI will expand capacity to promote research from cell to society. Harnessing the “eye as the window to the brain,” researchers will have the opportunity to study and create treatments for vision, body and brain diseases such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and stroke.
Clinical research capacity will have a permanent home in the WEI, expanding the School’s ability to direct clinical trials including medtech evaluation and development. Such high impact research creates the ideal training for future optometrists, as they experience the synergies that come from discovery through to translation and application.
“The WEI is a catalyst for a new era here at the School,” said Dr. Woo. “We are excited to have our students hone their clinical skills in this innovative environment, which will ensure they are trained for the highest level of contemporary practice anywhere in the world.”
To date, $14 million of the $35 million fundraising campaign goal has been raised thanks to the support of the Canadian optometry profession, industry partners, foundations, friends, community members and the University.
The School anticipates construction will begin in spring 2022.
Out with the old, in with the new
A message from Heather Mair, Tony Munro and Jim Frank, Co-Chairs of the Faculty, Staff and Retiree Giving Program.
We’re excited to introduce you to the new Waterloo Faculty, Staff and Retiree Giving program. The former Keystone branding has been retired and replaced with a fresh new look that is uniquely Waterloo.
Throughout the month of May, the Faculty, Staff and Retiree Giving program will celebrate the impact of charitable support to Waterloo, and we invite you to join in.
What can your gifts do? They can touch lives across campus by:
- creating a University experience that sets students up for career and personal success;
- empowering faculty and researchers to find answers that improve our world;
- enhancing spaces for learning, teaching and discovering;
- supporting the University’s highest priorities
On May 11 check your email or the Daily Bulletin to find out how you can join in the fun.
Asian Heritage Month begins and other notes
"May 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a Motion tabled by The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada," says a note from Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion. "With 30 countries and many distinct regions and communities making up the Asian diaspora in Canada, this month offers an opportunity to honour and celebrate the contributions of diverse campus community members at Waterloo and beyond."
The Canadian Health Promoting Campus Network, the University of Waterloo, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University are inviting you to save the date for "Centering Indigenous engagement in the work of wellbeing and health promotion," scheduled for May 17. Building on the first Leadership Event, the dialogue will:
Discuss how institutions can approach the work of the Okanagan Charter through the lens of Indigenous engagement by learning from the strengths, knowledge, and practices of Indigenous Peoples', rooted in their diverse worldviews;
Explore ways to centre Indigenous worldviews and ways of being in our understanding of wellbeing and health promotion within the higher education model; and
Share stories on how Indigenous community members in higher education are leading change in wellbeing.
Attendees will hear from a diverse group of Indigenous leaders and students from higher education, health promotion and wellbeing, and beyond, including:
Elder Grouse Barnes, Westbank First Nation
Mark Solomon, Dean of Students and Indigenous Education, Seneca College and President of CACUSS. Mark will be joined by Indigenous students from across the country to engage in a conversation circle.
Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, UBC Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives, Senior Advisor to the UBC President on Indigenous Affairs, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics
Kathleen Leahy, Director, UBC Learning Exchange